2 June 2016

280 home scheme in Haddenham approved by the Secretary of State

Greg Clark issued a decision letter this week that granted outline consent to Lightwood Strategic’s scheme in Haddenham.  The letter stated that,

“The Secretary of State agrees with the Inspector’s conclusion that the scheme offers not only an appreciable and rapid improvement in housing provision in Haddenham and Aylesbury Vale, but also substantial advantages to the community in terms of affordable housing and housing for the elderly as well as a burial ground, sporting facilities and open space.”

18 months after this scheme originally had a resolution to grant planning permission from Aylesbury Council planning permission is now confirmed.  Lightwood was able to supervise this scheme through the call in process to ensure much needed housing was brought to Haddenham.

Philip Chichester MRTPI, of Lightwood Strategic, said:

“We are delighted that Greg Clark, having weighed up the merits of the scheme against a small, but vocal cohort of objectors, has resolved to grant permission for these much-needed homes for Haddenham.  We look forward to working with Aylesbury Vale District Council, who it should be remembered have supported this planning application all along, to deliver this important scheme.”

James Sorrentino of Lightwood Strategic added:

“This decision sends a clear message that poor neighbourhood planning should not hinder the delivery of much needed housing in suitable locations.  It is absolutely right that local communities should have a greater role to play – in partnership with local authorities, landowners and developers – in delivering robust and forward thinking neighbourhood plans.  It is only by working together, that we will all be able to address the national housing crisis.”

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